Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Quick Reminder about Speaking at Hearing...

If you want to speak at the upcoming toll road hearing on Sept 22, you must mail a written request. All requests must be received via U.S. Mail or commercial carrier by September 12, 2008. If you haven't already mailed your speaker slip, send an email to: savetrestles@surfrider.org and provide your full name and address and we'll mail your speaker slip for you. Send us an email by Sept 6th, or mail the request yourself to: Thomas Street, NOAA--General Counsel for Ocean Services--1305 East-West Highway, Room 6111 
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The procedures for the hearing are a bit Byzantine--and you should know that not everyone who sends in a request will be allowed to speak. The Federal Government has assured us they will be fair by randomly picking individuals to speak. However, even if you are not chosen to testify, we need you to attend the hearing. A massive turn out is key to ensuring the California Coastal Commission decision is upheld. Please help us spread the word about the importance of attending this hearing!

Be sure to review the guidelines for the hearing. Remember, there is a set time for the hearing (10:30am--8:30pm). We expect a final decision from the Federal Government by late fall or early winter. For hearing guidelines, click here

On the day of the hearing, Surfrider and its partners will be arranging carpools and buses. If you want to leave from San Diego please RSVP at: savetrestles@surfrider.org with the subject line: buses to hearing. Please indicate if you want a bus from North or South San Diego County. If you are coming from Orange County, email Robin at: robin.everett@sierraclub.org.

Other Community Events Planned To Raise Awareness About Hearing:


World Gallery Fine Art Presents: The Perfect Wave-- Art auction and raffle to benefit the Surfrider Foundation's Save Trestles. September 5, 2008 6-11pm. 1980 Placentia Ave. Costa Mesa, CA. 92627


Paddle for Clean Water: Both the Washington DC and San Diego Chapters are using their Paddle events to raise awareness about the toll road hearing. click here to see the happenings in San Diego, and click here for DC Paddle.


Community Organizing Meeting: Join Surfrider and Sierra Club a few days before the hearing to learn more about meeting procedures and the best way to have a successful hearing. Time and Location TBD.

Jack Doing his Own Community Awareness

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